Wednesday, 13 December 2017

The Christmas Book Bloggers Tag

Trish from @Between My Lines has created a magnificent, Christmasy tag for all her fellow bookworms! Ans so, obviously, I also had to take part. You can join the bookish fun here!

What's your favourite Christmas scene in a book?
It has to be Hogsmeade during December festivities in the "Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban". The third book is my favourite one and the idea of Christmasy Hogsmeade is the coziest thing ever. 

"Hogsmeade looked like a Christmas card; the little thatched cottages and shops were all covered in a layer of crisp snow; there were holly wreaths on the doors and strings of enchanted candles hanging in the trees."

Do you have any Christmas book traditions?
Every year, when December rolls around, I reach for my beloved festive story which is "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. I have a soft spot for timeless classics and when the story is all about Christmas...what can I say,  I'm just in love with the idea behind this book.

Do you prefer to get presents of book vouchers or books?
Vouchers, definitely. Unless it's a person who really knows my taste in literature (and I don't think there's a person on this planet who actually does), I really would prefer to stock my bookshelves on my own. Oh, and unless it's any of the Penguin Clothbound Classics. I know you don't judge a book by its cover, but come on, these editions are just beautiful.

Do you give books as presents?

Books are great gifts as long as you know that the person will really enjoy it. Last May in Paris I got a book of Baudelaire's poetry for my friend's birthday but that was only because I knew he loved his poems.

What bookish item is on your Christmas list?
How about Belle's library from 'The Beauty and the Beast"? And I mean, like, the whole room, please? Because of this story, ever since childhood my expectation of a gift from your boyfriend is really high. Who cares about flowers or chocolate when Belle has been gifted with a bloody library. Very unlikely to happen but a girl can dream, I guess.

What 3 books would you love Santa to have in his sack for you?

Fake Christmas Tree or Real Christmas Tree?
Real all the way!  That's a must for the main living room, I love the scent of spruce. But I don't mind having smaller fake trees around the house.

What's your favourite thing about Christmas?
The atmosphere. The jolliness, the fact that it's about giving to others, going home for Christmas, spending time with family and long-unseen friends, Christmas baking, Christmas shopping, Christmas music - it all adds up to the most wonderful time of the year!

What Christmas book would you recommend?

Previously mentioned "A Christmas Carol". Couldn't praise it enough. It's a magical and touching read and I talk more about it here.

What dish on your Christmas menu are you most looking forward to?
Poppy seed cake with delicacies (which for some reason only tastes so good during Christmas) and my mom's creamy mushroom soup!

When do you open your Christmas presents?
Although I live in the UK, I spend Christmas back home in Poland where the most important day is actually Christmas Eve! So we open presents just after the festive supper in the evening.

What's your favourite Christmas song?
This cover is simpy perfect.

Are you dreaming of a White Christmas?
Every year! 


  1. I love the song White Christmas. Your wishlist is nice. I hope Santa leaves them under your tree :)

  2. I love that Christmas scene in HP as well, so lovely! Wish I could visit a spot like that.
    Great Tag :D I'd love Belle's library!

  3. Oh the HP Christmas scene is a great one!! I love giving books as presents to those who I know read. Fun tag!

  4. Oh it's nice ! I prefer get books than vouchers because I think vouchers are not very thoughtful in my opinion ! I like the idea of someone try to pick a book I would like !

  5. Thanks for joining in Jo! I love Hogwarts at Christmas too, it's all so magical and perfect sounding. Yes to vouchers! And you are so right about the atmosphere at Christmas, I love it too. That whimsical feeling, and the pleasure of buying pressies for the people you love, and the cheesy Christmas songs just all make the world feel like a better place for a little bit. Hope you have a lovely Christmas :)

  6. Belle's library would be the perfect Christmas gift! And I love those Penguin clothbound books too, they are gorgeous!

  7. I absolutely love the Penguin clothbound classics!

  8. Those Penguin classics are so pretty, I wouldn't mind having a few of those!

  9. Do you pass the Oplatki Christmas wafer? My grandfather was from Kraków, and he used to have the wafer sent to us. We would pass it and share our prayers. I loved that tradition and miss it so much.

  10. Oh that description of Hogsmeade does sound so perfect! It's ok, you can totally judge those Penguin books by their covers because they're gorgeous!